Posted by Jaime Traynor, Shanti Volunteer in Uganda
I met up with Yvvone, one of the women’s group leaders, at the Kasana Health Centre. She had invited us to attend a World AIDS Day Commemoration that she had helped to organize in Bombo, another town in Luweero district. We got a ride with some other health workers from Kasana, and headed over to the playground where the day’s events were being held. It was really interesting listening to the various speakers talk about what is being done to combat HIV/AIDS in Uganda, and what more still needs to be addressed. In between speeches, there were all sorts of performances by local drummers, dancers, singers, and, for the opening and closing anthems, even a military band. Yvvone was busy much of the day helping to organize sports matches that were taking place at the end of the scheduled portion of the day, which meant that I spent the majority of my time sitting in the crowd watching the performances and speakers, and talking with other spectators. It was a great way to recognize the importance of the day, particularly given the prevalence of HIV/AIDS among those who access services at workshops at the centre.